MN State News

Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies. Lawmakers say they didn't intend to give a competitive advantage to ...

Minnesota lake named for pro-slavery Calhoun gets new name

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A popular Minneapolis lake named in honor of slavery supporter and former Vice President John Calhoun will get its original American Indian name back, Minnesota officials announced Thursday. Lake Calhoun will be renamed Bde Maka Ska, the Department of Natural Resources ...

Minnesota governor seeks to borrow $1.5B for construction

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton urged skeptical lawmakers Tuesday to borrow $1.5 billion to fund overdue improvements to college campuses, water infrastructure and various other public construction projects, a request nearly twice as large as his administration estimated last ...

Prince photographer Afshin Shahidi shares his intimate trove

NEW YORK (AP) — No assistants. No wardrobe or make up people. No lighting technicians. That's how Afshin Shahidi spent his most cherished moments with Prince over nearly a decade as his go-to photographer, and he included many of their more intimate encounters among 250 photos in his recent ...

Pawlenty says no to Senate bid for Franken’s seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ruled himself out of the race for former Democratic Sen. Al Franken's seat on Tuesday, handing Washington Republicans their latest setback in recruiting top-tier candidates in the potentially bruising midterm elections. The two-term ...

Semi crashes through elementary school wall in Minnesota

LYLE, Minn. (AP) — A semitrailer truck veered off a highway and crashed through the wall of an elementary school in southern Minnesota, injuring four people including two children in a classroom. School officials in Lyle, next to the Iowa border, say the semi rear-ended another vehicle on ...

Housley kicks off Senate bid focused on November election

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Republican State Sen. Karin Housley kicked off her U.S. Senate campaign Monday squarely focused on the November election, even as other Republicans await word from former Gov. Tim Pawlenty on a potential bid. The stakes are high in the unexpected race for the Senate ...

Woman’s death marks 3rd Alexandria fire fatality this month

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Officials say a 19-year-old woman has died in a fire in Alexandria, the third fire fatality in the city this month. Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow tells KSTP-TV that fire broke out in a multiple-dwelling residence Monday morning. The building was on fire when ...

Minnesota expects to see more strong growth in solar energy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is expected to see more strong growth in solar energy after the state added enough solar panels in 2017 to power about 53,000 homes. The state has an overall capacity of more than 700 megawatts, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. "Our goal is ...

Body found in Denver identified as missing Minnesota man

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say the body of a missing Minnesota native has been found in Denver about a month after he was last seen. The Denver Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday identified the man as 29-year-old Adam Gilbertson. His body was found in the North Platte River on Saturday by ...

Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD sends Vikings past Saints 29-24

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Case Keenum convened the Minnesota huddle with 10 seconds left, the situation staring down the Vikings was as simple as it was daunting. With the go-ahead field goal by the New Orleans Saints that silenced this deafening stadium still fresh in the air, the Vikings were ...

Firearm report prompts Twin Cities tech college lockdown

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say Dakota County Technical and Community College in the eastern Twin Cities was placed on lockdown after a report of a man with what appeared to be a firearm on campus. The Rosemount campus gave the all-clear just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, about an hour ...

Feds approve Minnesota’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Education says the state has won federal approval for its updated plan on how it holds schools accountable. State education officials said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Minnesota's plan to implement the federal ...

Lawyer: Minnesota’s Lynch denies sexual misconduct claims

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch "categorically denies" allegations of sexual assault lodged against him by two women, his lawyer said Wednesday. Attorney Ryan Pacyga also said at a news conference that the 23-year-old senior center never had sexual contact with ...

Smith lands spot on ag committee, other prized panels

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith has a spot on the Senate's Agriculture Committee and several other critical panels. Smith was sworn in last week to replace Al Franken as Minnesota's junior senator after Franken resigned amid a storm of sexual misconduct allegations. But the Democrat's ...

Police: 1 man dead, 1 arrested in Plymouth stabbing

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — Plymouth police say a 25-year-old man is under arrest in a fatal stabbing at an apartment complex in the Minneapolis suburb. Authorities say someone at the Stoneleigh at the Reserve apartment complex called 911 early Tuesday. When officers arrived they found a ...

Keillor in mediation with Minnesota Public Radio over firing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Humorist Garrison Keillor says he is in negotiations with Minnesota Public Radio after the radio network cut ties with the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host over unspecified allegations of inappropriate behavior. Keillor wrote on his Facebook page Friday that a second ...

Walz, Coleman release fundraising totals in governor’s race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The rush for cash is on in the crowded race for Minnesota governor. Democratic candidate and Rep. Tim Walz said Monday his campaign had raised more than $1.1 million in 2017. Fellow Democrat and former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said he'd raised more than ...

Worker dies while make repairs at Minnesota school dome

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — An employee working at a Chaska middle school has died after he fell off a ladder. A spokesman for the Eastern Carver County School District says 51-year-old Daniel Buesgens was trying to repair a heater in a maintenance room of a domed athletic center when he fell off ...

Minnesota man sentenced to 61 years for killing parents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Eden Prairie man has been sentenced to 61 years in prison for killing with parents with a screwdriver. Thirty-eight-year-old Nathan Lehman was sentenced Monday after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. He was charged in the deaths of Robert ...

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